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Nottestad Notches First LM Feature at Jefferson Speedway!
By Larry & Jeanne Starr

Jefferson, Wis., July 13, 2002 -- Scott Nottestad of Stoughton notched his first career Late Model feature win, in the Beaver Tree Service Night, Miller Lite 50. Starting from the outside of row 2, Nottestad claimed 2nd, behind Gene Olson Jr., on lap 2. Nottestad trailed Olson for 24 more laps, managing the winning pass on lap 26. After 50, caution free, laps it was Nottestad for the win, followed by Andy Wendt, Jason Erickson, Eric Gerlach and Mike Taylor.

Photo Highlights

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Scott Nottestad (#14) makes his first trip to Victory Lane after a feature, in a Late Model at Jefferson Speedway.  42801a.jpg (14062 bytes)
Heading toward the front!  Scott Nottestad (#14) and Andy Wendt (#18), moving in on Gene Olson Jr. (#37).  Nottestad is on his way to the win, with Wendt scoring 2nd.  Olson dropped back to 12th by the finish.42801a.jpg (14062 bytes)
A bit of confusion in the Last Chance.   Ken Piotrowski (#6) looking back at Jesse Saunders (#8) after an incident in the Late Model Last Chance.
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Mark English (#57) edges Aaron Rude (#9) at the finish of the International feature.
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This has got to hurt!  Sportsman feature action saw many cautions.  Caught behind another wreck, Kyle Taylor (#14) is sideways ahead of Kevin Thompson (#99), Luke Padfield (#4), Dan Schmidt (#19) and Kyle Jarlsberg (#87).  42801a.jpg (14062 bytes)
More Sportsman feature action!   Seen are Tony Shuchardt (#22), Jeramy Hayton (#81) and Chad Reimer (#19).   There are many more parked between them and the wall.  Shuchardt had been leading until this incident.
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Bobby Stough Jr. (#27) won the photo finish, in the Sportsman fast heat. 42801a.jpg (14062 bytes)
Jay Kalbus (#27), moving under Jeramy Hayton (#81) and Tony Koepke (#32) in the Sportsman feature.  Kalbus is on his way to the win, Koepke suffered a mechanical failure before the finish. 42801a.jpg (14062 bytes)
Have you ever had one of those days?   Jason Thoma (#95) certainly has!  This was the third, and finishing, blow, to Thoma's efforts on Saturday night.
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Bobby Stough (#27) looking the wrong way into turn 1, in Sportsman feature action.  He's about to collect Jason Thoma (#95), head on, as Chico Riedner (#26) and Trent Erdman (#11) move underneath.
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Johnny Robinson (#99), leading Scott Bush (#43) and Lonny Wilson (#40) in Hobby Stock feature action.  Robinson is on his way to victory lane.

In International division action Janesville's Mark English scored the win, in the 20 lap feature. Starting from the outside of row 4, English started his drive to the front as Doug Taylor pulled to the early lead. Taylor held the point for a single lap, before surrendering to Derrick Bettenhausen. As Bettenhausen pulled to the front, English was close behind, for 2nd. Bettenhausen held off English for 4 laps, before succumbing to English's challenge, on lap 6. Once at the point, English showed the way to the checkers, followed by Aaron Rude, Mike Drays, Steve Drays and Bettenhausen.

In Sportsman division action Jay Kalbus was first, among the survivors, of the 30 lap main event. Starting from the outside of row 6, Kalbus headed toward the front, as Tony Schuchardt claimed the early lead. Caution came, on lap 14, for a spin and head-on crash in turn 1.

Schuchardt led the restart motoring another 10 laps before a, one car, crash in turn 4, brought the next caution. Taking the green one more time, Schuchardt led the way to lap 29, when he lost the handle, coming off the 2nd turn, crashing hard into the outside retaining wall, collecting many cars in the process. Tony Koepke was first for the restart, only to suffer an, apparent, blown engine at the green flag. Kalbus found himself at the point for the final restart, guiding the way over the final 2 laps. At the checkered flag it was Kalbus for the win, followed by Dylan Schuyler, Scott "Chico" Riedner, Randy Padfield and Mark Deporter.

In Hobby Stock action Orfordville's Johnny Robinson led flag-to-flag in the 20 lap main event. Starting from the outside of row 1, Robinson took the point at the green flag and never looked back, guiding the field to the checkers. Gerald Chapman made his way to 2nd, on lap 10, with a huge deficit, but was unable to close the gap over the remaining laps. At the finish it was Robinson, followed by Chapman, Roger Stephenson, Lonny Wilson and Bill Bush.

Rounding out the night's action were the One-on-One Street Drags, with street racers coming out to compete on the quarter mile oval.

Next week Jefferson Speedway hosts the WFAW Blackhawk 50, and the Roll Over contest. Gate open at 3:00, qualifying at 5:00 and racing at 7:00 sharp.

Jefferson Speedway is half way between Cambridge and Jefferson Wisconsin, on highway 18.

Date: July 13, 2002- Event: Beaver Tree Service Night - Miller Lite 50

Late Model Feature Finish:




14 Scott Nottestad (Stoughton)


94 Nick Wendt (Jefferson)


18 Andy Wendt (Watertown)


97 Jim Jarlsberg (Cambridge)


1 Jason Erickson (Cambridge)


37 Gene Olson Jr. (Jefferson)


55 Eric Gerlach (Palmyra)


2 Tom Dorn (Ft. Atkinson)


41 Mike Taylor (Stoughton)


52 Steve Dobbratz (Rio)


44 Roger Behlke (Jefferson)


2 Matt Frey (Cambridge)


76 Ron Bishofberger (Ft. Atkinson)


88 Jim Gleesing (Whitewater)


75 Mike Beyer (Machesney PK IL)


3 Joe Wendorf (Jefferson)


68 Ken Olson (Ft. Atkinson)


27 Dan Chesmore (Janesville)

FAST QUALIFIER  :   27 Dan Chesmore (Janesville): 14.915 seconds 60.34 MPH
FAST DASH: 8 Lap :   55 Eric Gerlach (Palmyra)
20 Lap :   3 Joe Wendorf (Jefferson), 2 Matt Frey (Cambridge), 52 Steve Dobbratz (Rio), 88 Jim Gleesing (Whitewater)
Heats: 10 lap: 1)    3 Joe Wendorf (Jefferson)                    2)   1 Jason Erickson (Cambridge)                        3)    37 Gene Olson Jr. (Jefferson)              

International Feature:




57 Mark English (Janesville)


84 Steve Drays (Milton)


9 Aaron Rude (Cambridge)


10 Derrick Bettenhausen (Cambridge)


48 Mike Drays (Milton)


17 Mike Bingham (Jefferson)

FAST QUALIFIER  :   4 Chris Quam (Stoughton): 15.961 seconds 56.39 MPH
Heats: 10 lap: 1)    0 Scott Dolphin (Marshal)                   2)   17 Mike Bingham (Jefferson)

Sportsman Feature:




27 Jay Kalbus (Oconomowoc)


2 Randy Padfield (Stoughton)


33 Dylan Schuyler (Dousman)


28 Mark Deporter (Ft. Atkinson)


26 Scott “Chico” Riedner (Waunakee)


42 Tom Reents (Janesville)

FAST QUALIFIER  :   95 Jason Thoma (Jefferson): 15.927 seconds 56.51 MPH
CONSI: 10 Lap :   1 Pete Olsen (Ft. Atkinson), 82 Mike Acheson (Watertown)
LAST CHANCE: 15 Lap :   57 Jason Ayers (Stoughton), 7 James Helmer (Fox Lake), 17 Noel Ramge (Hellenville), 99 Kevin Thompson (Palmyra)

Heats: 10 lap: 1)     3 Rory Padfield (Stoughton)                2)   55 Carey Hensel (Stoughton)
                3)    28 Mark Deporter (Ft. Atkinson)         4)   27 Bobby Stough Jr. (Waunakee)

Hobby Stock Feature:




99 Johnny Robinson (Orfordville)


40 Lonny Wilson (Janesville)


7 Gerald Chapman (Juneau)


17 Bill Bush (Jefferson)


88 Roger Stephenson (Cambridge)


55 Terry Wangsness (Delavan)

FAST QUALIFIER  :   6 Jeremy Hartwig (Cottage Grove): 16.953 seconds 53.09 MPH
CONSI: 8  Lap :   29 Mike Manley (Lake Mills), 68 Jenny Vitense (Cottage Grove)
LAST CHANCE: 12 Lap :   33 Jimmy Robinson (Orfordville), 17 Bill Bush (Jefferson),
80 Mike Meyers (Orfordville), 2 Eaan Carson (Whitewater)

Heats:  8 lap: 1)    68 Jenny Vitense (Cottage Grove)      2)   27 Jim Tate (Watertown)
                        3)       33 Jimmy Robinson (Orfordville)      4)   99 Lincoln Keeser (Milton) 

4 Cyl Car:  Matt Hensel
6 Cyl Car:  Neil Krohn
8 Cyl Car:  Rob Rabe
Trucks:      Clint Starks